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Dear Friends of Badgells Wood,

It was only last week we had taken the view that we would try to open up for Easter as usual, despite the coronavirus.

Feeling that the restorative nature of being in the woods would be good for us all in these trying times.  The benefits of the woodland air, the connection with nature and the time away from the stresses of life are well proven and much in need at the moment.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir

Never a truer word said.

However the advice has escalated in the last few days.

We had hoped that the space between pitches and our plans to enhance our cleaning regime would be enough.

But on reflection there are many opportunities for our campers to come into contact with one another – at the shop; in the play area, queuing for showers or washing up.

So we have taken the decision to remain closed for April and May in the hope that during that period the coronavirus may have been brought under some degree of control.

It feels like the responsible thing to do for our staff and you, our campers and our precious community.

We will continue to review this alongside Government and Public Heath England advice.


I am sure that this time of slowing down will provide an opportunity for personal reflection, for communities supporting each other and hopefully even for the environment to heal a little.

Swans and dolphins have moved into the waterways of Venice for the first time in 60 years! There are no planes in the sky and the sound of birdsong is stronger than ever.

We will share some photos as the woodland flowers spring into life.

So let’s be positive, it won’t be long before we are bouncing back with renewed vigour.

Thank you for your support over the last few years. We look forward to welcoming you back with elbow bumps soon.

In the meantime, I encourage you to get outside where you can and talk a walk. Hopefully somewhere with some trees.

Stay safe.